Current Productions

Theatre class will stage the virtual play Trifles

Get ready for intrigue amidst December darkness. BHS’s Play Production class is staging a virtual, one-act play, Trifles, which can be viewed online on December 4. 

 

The play was written in 1916 by Susan Glaspell—a former journalist—and it’s based loosely on a murder Glaspell covered. 

 

The play opens at the disheveled farmhouse of John and Minnie Wright. The sheriff, the attorney, and a neighbor arrive at the house to investigate the death of John Wright, who was strangled in his sleep as his wife slept. As the sheriff looks for clues to the murder, the women examine the “trifles” of Minnie’s country kitchen. Looking closer into Minnie’s world they make a startling discovery.

 

Students from BHS’s Play Production class cast the show, designed the poster, selected costumes and music, and recruited students from Ballard’s film program to record the play.

 

Tickets

Suggested donation. A link to the show will be published at www.ballardperformingarts.org on Dec 4, and people can donate on the website. For any questions please contact Shawn Riley at smriley@seattleschools.org.

 
 
Greater Tuna Highlight Reel

 

If you did not get a chance to see the Greater Tuna show or just want to relieve the wonderful backgrounds, fun costumes and great acting, check out this 5 minute highlight reel of the show:

(Cast members - save a copy of this reel for your portfolio)

https://youtu.be/wb67qx-ccmA

 
Ballard High School Playmakers presents: Greater Tuna—their first virtual production  
November 5, 6 and 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., Directed and produced by Shawn M. Riley


Make it Dinner and a Show with a Tom Douglas Dinner Box To Go

October 29, 2020 -- The Ballard High School Playmakers will start the year with their first-ever virtual production: the comedy Greater Tuna. Live streamed November 5, 6 and 7 at 7 p.m., the play is an affectionate comment on Southern life, small-town living, and the attitudes that go with it. 

Debuting in Austin, Texas in 1981, Greater Tuna is the first in a series of four comedic plays written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, each set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. With its quirky characters, Greater Tuna is a funny presentation of many aspects of life in a small town. 

“Most of the Southern comedies performed at Ballard High School are lighthearted, and this play pokes at the stereotypes of small communities with humor and does not pull punches,” says Theatre Director Shawn Riley.  “It’s very relatable, very silly, and over the top. The authors are laughing with small backwoods towns and not at them.”
 

ALSO NEW THIS YEAR: Enjoy dinner AND a show--Tom Douglas Restaurants is putting together a fun southern-themed “Greater Tuna” takeout dinner box ($55 for two) to enjoy with the show. 

 

Tickets
Ticket prices are $10 per person or $20 for a group of five or more. AND
Order Dinner from Tom Douglas

For any questions please contact Shawn Riley at smriley@seattleschools.org.

Greater Tuna cast Announced

Congratulations to the recently announced cast of Greater Tuna (in no particular order):

 

Hadley Mollman, Elijah Graham, Bridget Donnelly, Maisy Clunies Ross, Matthew Wilbur, Milo Palmer, Lydia Hayes, Nathalie Stanley, Will Shepard, Lydia Van Kley, Maggie Stowell, Ella Papineau, Izzy Rampersad, Vee Ashmun, Maylie Gardner, and Elsa Wirth.

 

The Theatre Department will stage the comedic play Greater Tuna, set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. The play is both an affectionate comment on small-town, southern life, and attitudes and a withering satire.

 

This play will be rehearsed completely via Microsoft Teams. Students will work through a couple of Teams rehearsals on their character with Mr. Riley, provide a costume, and then work with the filming schedule and our tech expert, Gustavo, in October to record their part.

The Theatre Department will stage the comedic play Greater Tuna 

Set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. The play is both an affectionate comment on small-town, southern life, and attitudes and a withering satire.

This play will be rehearsed completely via Microsoft Teams. Students will work through a couple of Teams rehearsals on their character with Mr. Riley, provide a costume, and then work with the filming schedule and our tech expert, Gustavo, in October to record their part.

The production will stream through showtix4u.com; the same website our patrons usually use to purchase tickets online!

Meet the Director - Theater

Shawn M. Riley (Director of Theatre) is in his seventh year at Ballard High School, coming to Seattle after a long successful stint at Capital High School in Olympia, WA.  

A graduate of Minot State University (Major: Bs.Ed.in English and Communication Arts, Minor: Humanities), he also studied Art History and Classical Studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, finally receiving his MFA in Directing and Acting from The University of Portland. While at UP, Mr. Riley was nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, and was twice named one of the top 15 actors in the nation by the American College Theatre Festival/Kennedy Center in Washington DC. This achievement coupled with his achievements in the music department led to the creation of “The Shawn M. Riley Award” for outstanding contribution to Theatre and Music. This award is given annually to a graduating senior. 

 

Mr. Riley has directed and designed at the high school, university, and community levels with some of his favorite projects being Lonely Planet, The Love of The Nightingale, Les Miserables, Little Women: The Musical, Cabaret, Songs for A New World, A New Brain, and Batboy. Graduates of Mr. Riley’s have gone onto major acting and performance schools in the country which have led them to Broadway, film, and television. He could not be more proud of their successes. 

 

With over 70 shows under his belt, multiple 5th Avenue Musical Theatre nominations (including four Best Musical and Best Director nods), invitations to participate in the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland (2007 and 2013), Mr. Riley is a proud performer and instructor who can be heard touting his students’ accomplishments by saying, “I don’t do high school theatre. I do theatre with high school students!”

Mr. Shawn M. Riley
Director of Theatre
Ballard High School
smriley@seattlepublicschools.org
206-252-1036

 
 

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